I finally picked this up after years of avoiding it. I really, really enjoyed the first part of the book. The history of how Louis becomes a vampire and the time and place (Louisiana during the plantation era) are fascinating, as is Rice's attention to detail as regards New Orleans at the time. I quickly got bored with the second half of the book though. It just seemed like Rice suddenly realized that there was a story that had to be finished by a certain number of words and she'd better get it done. The history and aura of it all was lost in favour of driving the plot.
It's not that I didn't like the plot. Just that I liked the plot a whole lot more when Rice was in touch with the pulse of the time and place she was writing about. That said, I know that she lives in NO and so has a very good understanding of the city and its history, so it might be for that reason that the parts of the book set in New Orleans are better simply because of Rice's intrinsic knowledge and understanding of it. Overall, it was a decent book that could have been better if the knowledge of Paris had been as good as Rice's knowledge of New Orleans.
I've never really been a person into the vampire genre, but after reading this book I think I'm going to pick up the rest in the series. I love the way the story is told, I love the history and the details used. I'm fascinated with New Orleans and I feel that Rice's descriptions of old New Orleans are beautiful. I didn't find the story over the top, it caught my attention and kept my interest.
I wanted to like this book, and there was quite a bit to like about it, but eventually I got bored. I rarely fail to finish a book, but I actually put it down with about 75 pages to go, and just never picked it up again.
I like some vampire lit - most notably the Southern Vampire mysteries - and I enjoy some horror genres (went through Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe phases) but this book just didn't do it for me.
I did love the author's Christ the Lord novels, as well as her memoir, which is why I gave this one a go.
These are the shocking confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, erotic, chilling, and yet... a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force that spans several generations, because, as we all know, vampires never die . . . or do they?
Just read this again for the second time since young adulthood. Found it just as engrossing and fascinating as the last time. Her writing really sucks me in (pun unintended!).